May 25th, 2006


Brookline Town Meeting: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 (Second Night)

The second session of Brookline Town Meeting began at around 7 PM last night. The Town Moderator, Sandy Gadsby, declared a quorum and called us to order at 7:12 PM.

And if you think the budget process takes a long time, you haven't seen the Community Preservation Act....

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It was now 10:34 PM, and before Sandy could go onto the next article I called for an adjournment. A few people around me protested, but I was within my rights and the rules and Sandy called for a vote. A loud minority wanted to stick around, probably convinced that if we kept going we could dispense with the warrant by tomorrow night. But as far as I could tell, even if we took another article or two we would still have to return next Tuesday. And the majority of Town Meeting agreed with me, as we adjourned until tonight.

By the way, in these reports I've forgotten to mention some of the more humorous things that happened in Town Meeting. For example, tonight a cell phone went off in the middle of the CPA Q&A, even though Sandy warns us sternly to turn off our cell phones. It turned out to be the cell phone of Pat Ward, our Town Clerk, who sheepishly left the stage to turn off his phone.

(And for something funny that happened last night, see the latest post on the Brookline Blog at